Edinburgh Castle dominates the skyline of Edinburgh from atop the massive Castle Rock. Few of the present buildings existed before the 16th century, except St. Margaret’s Chapel from the 12th century, which is regarded as the oldest building in Edinburgh. The fortress is a collection of buildings and served as a royal residence until 1633. The buildings include the Royal Palace and Great Hall, the Scottish National War Memorial and the National War Museum of Scotland, and several regimental museums. Every day, except Sunday and some Holidays, since 1861, the One o’clock Gun has been fired to allow the ships in the Firth of Forth to set their maritime clocks.
The view from the Castle is amazing! You can look out past Prince’s Gardens and the buildings of New Town and see the Firth of Forth. Photos can’t do justice to the spectacular scenery in all directions. Unfortunately, the day we visited was cloudy and slightly hazy with the rain beginning just as we left.